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America’s Jail is the first definitive history of Rikers Island, arriving as New York City debates its possible closure. Though now indelibly associated with the worst parts of America’s criminal justice system, it was designed initially as a place of reform, where the rehabilitative promise of incarceration might have been realized.
A thrilling narrative account of the prison’s descent into infamy, America’s Jail delivers an urgent intervention into the nationwide conversation about the future of mass incarceration. Written by a former inmate, Jarrod Shanahan draws from extensive archival research, decades of journalism, interviews, prisoner testimonials, and first-hand experience, showing the necessity of prison abolition.